- Remember, fireworks are dangerous
- Wallace asks citizens to fight cuts
- Dispute over state payroll rolls on
- Why fight over free trade confounds partisan divide
- Still no state budget
- Crime control is not the responsibility of landlords
- Fly over to the Poplar Grove Wings and Wheels Museum benefit
- Local leaders warn of budget deadlock’s impact
- SHUTDOWN: Illinois preps for the worst
- TRRT Online Edition | July 1-7
Guest Column: Why I am pro-gun
By Rep. Jim Sacia
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” we’ve all heard or seen the phrase. Several months ago, I read of a burglar entering a vacation home in Michigan in the middle of the night. The burglar picked the wrong home. It was the vacation home, and occupied by none other than Hizzoner, the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley. The Mayor has the luxury, unlike you and I, of being protected by a member of Chicago’s finest, who quickly apprehended the would-be thug, who had a violent arrest record, and who knows what could have happened had it not been for a Chicago police officer.
Yes, I’m pro-gun. I’m a life member of the NRA, and I believe the old adage attributed to Samuel Colt, the inventor of the Colt revolver: “God made man, but Samuel Colt made them equal.” The most amazing part of the break-in at the Chicago Mayor’s vacation home was that it made very little press. Mayor Daley is adamantly opposed to guns, and certainly, concealed carry is something I strongly support.
Most of us would agree that Chicago and the rest of Illinois are two different playing fields. I would have liked to believe that the break-in at Hizzoner’s home might have helped him rethink the need for concealed carry.
How many of you are aware that only two states continue to outlaw some form of concealed carry? Wisconsin and Illinois stand alone.
My good friend, Harry Osterman (D-Chicago), each year brings Mayor Daley’s anti-gun legislation to Springfield, and a sizeable number of bills will again be carried by Harry come January.
Fortunately, a large number in the House will be pushing back and pushing for concealed carry. In my opinion, there has never been a better chance, thanks to the Chicago lawsuit and a gentleman from Chicago, Otis McDonald, who lent his name and situation to it.
You see, Otis lives in a tough neighborhood. Chicago had a handgun ban. You couldn’t even legally own one. Otis protected himself, and the case went to the Supreme Court, which threw out the handgun ban and incorporated the Second Amendment as a fundamental right that applies to state and local governments.
Otis states, “… I know every day that I come out in the streets, the youngsters will shoot me as quick as they will a policeman. They’ll shoot a policeman as quick as they will any of their young gang bangers.”
John R. Lott Jr., a noted economist, had no opinion on guns but did a study which led to a great book. He states, “I was surprised with how clear the numbers are; they were so clear, they gave me a book title: More guns… less crime.”
As always, you can reach me, Sally or Barb at (815) 232-0774 or e-mail us at email@example.com. You can also visit my website at www.jimsacia.com. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you.
Jim Sacia (R) is the state representative for the 89th District in Illinois.
From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue